Today's News

  • The End of an era

    As longtime Nelson Funeral Home owners plan closing its doors in June, its funeral director, Dwight Torres, weighs his options.
    The Nelsons, Alfredo and Alberta Nelson-Moberg announced their retirement in a May 6 letter.

  • Colorado woman dies in I-25 rollover

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to the New Mexico State Police, a Colorado woman was killed in a rollover vehicle wreck that happened Monday at about 1 p.m. along Interstate 25, at mile marker 309, near Pecos.

    The initial investigation indicated a 2005 Saturn passenger car was traveling north on I-25 at a high rate of speed.

    For presently unknown reasons, the Saturn left the roadway and then rolled.

  • Driven to improve

    Theresa Wesner photo

    As summer approaches, more vehicles will be on the roads, increasing the risks of accidents.

    First-responders attended to this late-April wreck on South Grand and a rollover near Robertson High a few days prior.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, May 18, 2018

    Friday, May 18
    A Public Land Management Commissioner candidate meet-and-greet will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at “The Spot”  Old Town Mission”, at Chavez and Socorro streets in Las Vegas. The event is sponsored by RUIDO Indivisible Group, LVNM and San Miguel County Federation of Democratic Women. For information, call 505- 490-0590.

    Friday, May 18

  • LCC duo claims first, second place in heavy equipment contest

    Luna Community College’s Vocational/Technical Studies students John Lucero and Tracy Herrera took first and second place, respectively, at the Associated General Contractors of America Heavy Equipment Rodeo on Friday, May 4 in Albuquerque.

    Lucero narrowly beat out Herrera in the excavator simulator competition by a money score of $1,700 to $1,638.

    The competitors had to load a dump truck within four-minute time.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, May 18, 2018

    After Jarrod Duran caught the final out of Friday’s 12-2 win over No. 1 seed Mesilla Valley Christian, he ran toward the Isotopes Park infield to celebrate with his state-champion Mora Ranger teammates.

    Hopefully, Mora’s first state title in baseball is a sign of more impressive non-sports accomplishments in the years ahead.
    Mora’s love for hoops is well-known, and its cross country and volleyball success, coupled with baseball, show both a fighting spirit and a knowledge of the game.

  • Unconventional advice for graduates

    Editor’s note: This column was first written and distributed in 2015.

    It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation.

    They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and make their families proud.Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 18, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 18, 2018.

  • DeVries, Topal honored by RMAC

    After guiding his New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team to a team championship in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor meet, Bob DeVries has been recognized as RMAC Coach of the Year.

    Highlands’ Annie Topal joined DeVries in reaping postseason honors, earning Field Athlete of the Year. Colorado-Colorado Springs’ Skylyn Webb was named Track Athlete of the Year, her second such honor after doing so for the indoor season.

  • State champ wrestlers sign with Highlands

    New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling program has landed not one but two state champions from Robertson High School.

    Jonathan Trujillo and Tristan Trujillo, both of whom finished their prep careers by repeating as individual state champions this past February, have signed national letters of intent to continue their educations while wrestling with NMHU.


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